presentation – Martin Vandas
The Association was established in 2012 by producers whose aim is to re-establish the animation industry andthus continue the qualitative traditions and expertise that were once associated with Czech animation. The Association's most significant activity is the implementation of theVisegrad Animation Forum (VAF) project within which we develop and coordinate our visions in the countries ofCentral and Eastern Europe.
In 2012 producers of animated films established The Association of Animated Film (ASAF) in reaction to the catastrophic condition of animated film production in the Czech Republic. The longterm aim of this association is to re-establish the animation industry and thus continue the qualitative traditions and expertise that were once associated with Czech animation. The producers realize that to achieve these aims it is necessary not only to promote Czech animation, but also to implement several fundamental procedures: besides the emancipation and education of authors on an international level, it is necessary to create professional production network relationships within the European Union, to set rules for systematic and structural professional cooperation, and to create conditions in support of the labour market comparable to other EU countries. ASAF also collaborates with the State Fund; it strives to optimize conditions for the support of animation projects. With the Czech Film Centre (CFC) it coordinates activities within the framework of the common promotion of our animation abroad. ASAF’s partner is APA – another association which overlaps into both animation and its distribution. The Association’s most significant activity is the implementation of the Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF) project within which we develop and coordinate our visions in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. VAF is a comprehensive project which strives to develop the abilities of authors and producers in order to evolve and successfully sell its own animated projects. It is not just practise in presentation, but it is the connections between authors and experts, and producers and members of TV staff who either create programmes or purchase animated films. This “market access” is the biggest in central and eastern Europe and its popularity is constantly growing. Michal Podhradský